I’ve taken a rest from the blog as I’ve rented out my old place and I’m now living in Norwich, so I don’t know what to do with my blog. Originally it was there just to keep up with mates I lost touch with, as I’ve worked aboard quite a lot, but it evolved into a local blog. So as most people look at it because as it covers Ashton, I’m not sure how a switch to Norwich would go down. Badly probably.
So I’m still wondering what to do with it. Nothing for now...
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Took the picture below in the Ladysmith shopping centre, but was spotted on the security cameras. They sent a security guard to stop me. You can't take photo's in here as it's a security risk, I was told. Anyway, turns out the security guard had seen this blog, and he also knows Oldham 100. So I got off lightly with just a telling off!Later on, just to get my own back, I stood in front of another security camera and photographed it as they watched me.
Might keep a low profile now for a while... see ya!
Friday, 13 November 2009
I wonder how many people know about this little lake, just by the Sheldon Arms. It appeared as the new roads round Ashton were built. It's squeezed into the triangle of land between Lord Sheldon Way, Manchester Road and Moss Way.
While I was there, one lonely Canada Goose was standing guard over the lake. Ready to peck me if I went too close.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
The Prince of Orange, seen through a clutter of orange street furniture.
I did use this pub as a handy place for meeting people off the bus. The volume of the 1950's karaoke in here is outrageous and so I no longer use it.
I lived in Dublin for three years and there they had stricter laws on sound levels in pubs/clubs. The system used was truly excellent. They had a small traffic light system up on the wall for all to see.
Noise OK - Green
Loud - Yellow
Over limit - Red
Now bands could peek into the red (set at 75 decibels) but if they persistently did this, all power to the stage was cut dead. What a grand cheer this always brought! 10 seconds of relief from the wall of sound. Bands/DJ's soon learned to respect the rules.
I'd love that system in the UK.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
Sunday, 1 November 2009
This was the town near to the farm I stayed on. Quite a small place, but picturesque.
It's famous for the TV series 'Last of the Summer Wine'. There are special bus tours you can take showing all the memorable sites used in the program. Not a fan myself, but plenty people were climbing on the old bus.
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Spent the week in Hepworth looking after my girlfriends cousins farm (as you do!). It's not a full working farm, but there are chickens, rabbits, cats and dogs. Actually the girlfriend did all the work as she's the trustworthy one. But I did make great friends with Maggie the young Alsatian. She followed me everywhere. We played football, until the ball died a grizzly death. Good fun.
Friday, 30 October 2009
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Wellington Court, next to Albion Mill.
Wellington Court was Ashton's Building of the Year 2005. And very nice too with it's matching brickwork.
This is the view up Crickets Lane.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Glory of the Garden, by Paul Margetts.
The date on the sculpture tells us that it was finished on 1.3.1994
This fascinating sculpture sits in the ornamental gardens in front of the impressive and very blue Asherton House.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Wasteland may be, but this is rumoured to be the site for the Ashton Centre Metro stop. From memory there were some flats here, but they were knocked down a year or two back.
This site is on Wellington Road next to the bus station. Across the road from Gala Bingo.
Monday, 19 October 2009
When the M60 opened in October 2000, I jumped in the car and drove all the way round. 35 miles.
Well I've not had a car for a few years now, and indeed the M60 claimed my car in a fury of rain, burnt rubber and multiple visits to the central barrier. See here.
But I still find the motorway an impressive piece of civil engineering.
This is the view clockwise from Lumb Lane, looking towards junction 23, the turn off for Ashton.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
As it was built in 1891, the driveway would indeed have been the horse and cart entrance to the building. Now closed to all but pedestrian traffic as there is access via a side road.
I'm sure the unsightly entrance shed is a later and ill considered addition to the fine old building.
In case you were wondering about the name, Waterloo and Taunton, they are names of areas local to the building within Ashton-under-Lyne.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Martin did a piece about how the Clock Shop didn't actually have a clock on it any more, as seen here.
Well, they've done it up a bit, and now once more, it has a clock on the Clock Shop. (Still doesn't actually sell clocks though).
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Tameside Theatre closed on 30th March 2008. I went a couple of times. Once to see a Pink Floyd tribute band and once to ... no, I've only been once I think. Not sure now.
Anyway, looks like it's going to be bulldozed.
See here and here.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
Well it's not the best bit of architecture I've ever seen. Not even the best in Ashton, but I think it's good to have a world famous multi-national company in our town centre. So it gets the thumbs up from me.
So here it is, overlooking Oldham Road, dispassionately staring towards the Theatre Tavern, not that we actually have a theatre any more.